Wushu Taolu consists of many forms, and you may know different techniques dependent on the Wushu school you attend.
However, in competitive wushu, there are a list of forms that people consider for an evaluation. Usually categorized in two levels of championships – junior and senior – the International Wushu Federation determine the mandatory preselected sequenced forms that those in the junior levels (age 18 and under) are performing.. There is much more creative liberty for senior level performers, as they usually compete with self-choreographed routines.
Usually, when it comes to evaluation, judges pay close attention to the categories of speed, power, coordination, balance, and positioning. Since wushu taolu is a performance art, there is also a level of enthusiasm and energy when executing these techniques for better scoring.
In the World Wushu Championships, the main categories people are performing in are: Chang Quan (long fist), Nan Quan (south fist), Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan), Taiji Jian (Tai Chi Straight Sword), Daoshu (Broadsword), Jianshu (Straight sword), Gunshu (Cudgel), Qiangshu (Spear), Nandao (Southern Broadsword), Nangun (Southern Cudgel), Duilian (Choreographed Sparring), Baguazhang (Eight Trigrams Palm), Shuang Jian (Double Straight Swords), Chun Qiu Da Dao (Spring & Autumn Halberd), Xingyi Quan (Shape & Intent Fist).
Wushu has undoubtedly gained massive popularity in the West. It becomes more prevalent in media and the International Olympic Commitee (IOC) even considers it as a competitive sport. Organizations like the International Wushu Federation (IWUF) continue to persist in pushing wushu into the limelight, resubmitting proposals every opportunity.
More people flock to lay their eyes on this unique blend of ancient Chinese practices and the present principles. It is only a matter of time until it becomes the modern sport of tomorrow.